Genetically Engineered Diamondback Moths

A permit application has been filed with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for the release of genetically engineered diamondback moths in New York.  To comment, go to https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/19/2017-07840/availability-of-an-environmental-assessment-for-the-field-release-of-genetically-engineered

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) in response to an environmental release permit application (APHIS Number 16-076-101r) received on March 16th, 2016 from Dr. Anthony Shelton of Cornell University1 to allow the field release of genetically engineered (GE) diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella) strain OX4319L-Pxy on a release site within the grounds of the Cornell University New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES). The release site for this EA consists of an experimental field, up to 10 acres in size, within which there will be a single point at which the open air release will occur2. The applicant would additionally be conducting caged field studies in the area defined as the release site, but outside of the Brassica plot containing the single release point. In subsequent years, the specific location of the release site within the NYAES may change due to crop rotation practices; hence this EA considers locations covering the entire NYSAES as the action area.  To read more, go to  https://www.aphis.usda.gov/brs/aphisdocs/16_076101r_pea.pdf